Birmingham & Black Country

Easter plea for acts of kindness

Image caption 1MAK Birmingham is a year-long initiative

People across Birmingham have been urged to carry out acts of kindness in a campaign launched in the city this Easter.

One Million Acts of Kindness Birmingham (1MAK) is a Christian-led initiative that is inclusive to everyone across the city.

It is about making a difference in communities, schools and workplaces in a city of one million people.

People are being invited to share their good deeds with others.

"Acts of kindness are the nerve cells of this city," Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart said.

'Haven of Refuge'

"Kindness creates connections in a way that nothing else can. Kindness builds community and ends loneliness and isolation," he added.

1MAK Birmingham will bring together Birmingham's churches, the city council, West Midlands Police, voluntary sector and faith groups for the year-long initiative.

"For this city to remain a haven of refuge and safety, a centre of creativity and commerce and a meeting place for faiths and cultures, it needs people who are committed to being good news people who gossip hope and live friendship and hospitality," Bishop Urquhart said.

It follows a similar project, "Reedeeming Our Communities Birmingham", launched in November 2010 that also promoted the benefits of people across the city's 170 different ethnic groups working together.

More information can be found on the 1MAK Birmingham website.

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